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Cradle to Career


Beam Project Type: Planning Project in Plan Phase

Every child and young adult succeeds cradle to career, through shared purpose, alignment and accountability among community partners This is the purpose of the Cradle to Career initiative in Rochester, Minnesota. Education is a powerful strategy to improve educational outcomes resulting in healthy individuals, families and community who have economic stability with productive careers and contribute positively to a civic and equitable society.

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Detailed Description


 The Cradle to Career Planning Team recommends the StriveTogether Framework for several reasons. The framework consists of four pillars: shared community purpose, evidence based decision-making, collaborative action, and investment sustainability. It is a model using collective impact which is critical to success. There are 70 other cities, large and small
within the United States and beyond working within this same framework. This gives the initiative a body of support, best practices and partners with whom to learn, share and grow success. 

StriveTogether core values:

▪ Community: We focus on what connects us rather than what separates us and communicate to each other with transparency and integrity
▪ Courage: We fail forward even if no one is watching, have the tough conversations no one likes having and take risks in pursuit of results.
▪ Progress: We share learning and progress in real time, view professional development as personal growth and fix problems through continuous improvement.
▪ Results: We use data and evidence to make decisions and hold each other accountable for getting results.


Partnership goals

  • Developing a shared purpose and supporting systems change
  • Broadly supported backbone structure to sustain a community-adopted purpose and shared outcomes
  • Continuous examination and measurement of result using actionable data and continuous improvement
  • Aligning resources to support what works
  • Advocating for equity at all levels of the system






Level 1: Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; Workforce Development

Level 2: Society ; Business Process ; Civic Engagement ; Children & Youth ; Governance/Public Policy

DMC: Livable City Health & Wellness Learning Environment

Community Health: Mental Health ; Obesity ; Financial Stress/Homelessness ; Diabetes


Lowering of the poverty rate

Lowered social services and needs for social support programs

Reduced crime and its associated public spending on incarceration


Indicators (What are some of the signs that progress is being made?)

The Cradle to Career Goals align to seven community-wide academic outcome areas that we have committed to improving. By 2029 we are committed to maintaining or improving 60% of these outcome indicators. The seven indicators are:

1. Pre-K Developmental Success

Percent of children developmentally health at age three

2. Kindergarten Readiness

Percent of children developmentally ready to enter kindergarten

3. Third Grade Reading Proficiency

Percent of students reading at grade level at grade three

4. Eighth Grade Math

Percent of students proficient in math at grade eight

5. High School Graduation

Percent of students graduating high school with for year cohort

Percent of students with required skills for post-secondary training

6. Post-Secondary Completion

Percent of you adults attaining within 6 years:

a college degree or industry, government or military-recognized license/certificate

7. Workforce Participation

Percent of young adults gainfully employed and percent of young adults contributing to community


Related indicators

Lowering of the poverty rate

Lowered social services and needs for social support programs

Reduced crime and its associated public spending on incarceration

Increased food security

Increased housing stability

Increased employability

Increased physical and mental health



Key Activities




Status Reports
Related PlanScape Status on: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Workforce Development

October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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August 24, 2017: Cradle to Career Second Newsletter (July 2017)

Second newsletter:  "Organizations involved in planning have committed additional resources to bring StriveTogether back on August 31 to help us complete our recommendations for a shared backbone structure to sustain this work across the community over time."

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June 12, 2017: Cradle to Career Newsletter

Welcome to the first Cradle to Career Newsletter Keeping you informed of the progress and status of our work. First a brief recap. The Cradle to Career Rotary committee convened in July,

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February 02, 2019: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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January 28, 2019: Race Exhibit Returns to Rochester

Updates from Tony Williams, Science Museum of Minnesota

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December 19, 2018: CHNA Meeting and News

December 13, 2018 CHNA meeting minutes. 

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November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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November 17, 2018: Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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September 27, 2018: Indian Health Service Career Positions

Indian health programs are seeking health care professionals who are passionate about practicing within a unique, interdisciplinary team-based environment and one that embraces its mission.

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September 16, 2018: Agreement with Minnesota Department of Human RIghts

RPS, ISD 535, entered into collaboration agreement with MDHR.

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  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
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